Price controls proposed in the Build Back Better Act – and the recent Reconciliation package – will strike a huge blow to patient access.

New analysis shows that under such policies only 6 of 110 currently approved therapies would have made it to the market because companies would no longer have the necessary funds to invest in research and development and innovative partnerships with small biotech.

Further, the proposed legislation will also likely lead to the loss of over 590,000 US biopharma jobs.Continue reading

Arizona Business Leaders Reach Out In Support of SBIR/STTR Reauthorization

Forty-eight Arizona business leaders signed on to a letter delivered on July 22, 2022 to Arizona’s Congressional Delegation emphasizing the importance of reauthorizing the SBIR/STTR program. 

The letter, was signed by business leaders from: Arizona Bioindustry Association, Inc. (AZBio), Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona Technology Council, Desert Angels, Inc., Greater Phoenix Chamber, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Greater Phoenix Leadership, PHX East Valley Partnership, Southern Arizona Leadership Council (SALC), Tucson Metro Chamber, UAVenture Capital, University of Arizona, AdviNow Medical, Aesthetics Biomedical, Inc., Aqualung Therapeutics, Anuncia Medical, Inc., Beacon Biomedical, Becton Dickinson (BD), Biosensing Instrument, Inc., bioSyntagma, Inc., Calviri, Inc., Dignity Health, EthiX Associates, Exact Sciences, GT Medical Technologies, Inc., HonorHealth Research & Innovation Institute, Humabiologics, Inc., Langham Logistics, Inc., Mayo Clinic, Metfora, Microvascular Therapeutics, Navi Nurses, NuvOx Pharma, nVector, Plaza Companies, Regenesis Biomedical, Inc., Regional Center for Border Health, Inc., 
ReSuture Inc., SARRC, Scintillation Nanotechnologies, Inc., Sequitur Health Corp., SpencerFane, Translational Sciences, Inc., 
VMAS Solutions, Inc. (dba TouchPoint Solution), and Yelton and Associates.Continue reading

AdvaMed, 45 Health Organizations Call on Congressional Leaders to Pass VALID Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), the world’s largest trade association representing medical device manufacturers, sent a letter urging House Energy and Commerce and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions leaders to enact diagnostics reform  provisions (The VALID Act) in the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Landmark Advancements (FDASLA) Act of 2022. 

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Research Collaboration Informs International Classification of Firefighting as Carcinogenic

A long-time partnership between the Tucson Fire Department and researchers at the University of Arizona Health Sciences provided evidence that occupational exposure as a firefighter causes cancer.

Many studies, including several by the University of Arizona Health Sciences in collaboration with the Tucson Fire Department, contributed evidence that led the International Agency for Research on Cancer to determine occupational exposure as a firefighter causes cancer.Continue reading